Meeting Minutes

NMRT Meeting Minutes

Annual Business Meeting

October 10, 2014

Marina Inn Conference Center, South Sioux City, NE

Call to Order: Matt Kovar, 2:30 p.m.

Awards Presentation:

  • Michael Straatmann (Love Library at UNL) was presented with the Houchen Bindery Mentor of the Year award.
  • Cherese McKnight (Omaha Public Library) was presented with the Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional of the Year award.
  • Matt Kovar thanked this year’s awards coordinator, Dana Schipporeit, for her efforts and Houchen Bindery for their continued supposed of our awards.

Outgoing Chair Report (Matt):

  • Matt thanked outgoing officers Holli Duggan and Aimee Owen. He also thanked webmaster Jennifer Lockwood for her work on the website migration.

Secretary Report (Aimee):

  • Past minutes on the NMRT website.

New Business:

  • New Officers: Anneka Ramirez–Vice Chair, and Terri Rickel– Secretary.
  • Matt passed the gavel on to Holli, our new Chair.
  • Incoming Chair (Holli) asked for suggestions for future meetings.
  • Jennifer Lockwood announced the First-Time Attendees raffle winners.
    • Jennifer will run the FTA table next year and wants NMRT to take over this function.
    • If you want to help, contact Jennifer.
  • Michael Straatmann called on everyone to work to make NLA more welcoming and improve outreach. NMRT has a special role in this, because our members have fresh perspectives.

Meeting Adjourned, 2:45 p.m.

NMRT Meeting Minutes

September 19, 2014

Ingredient, Omaha, NE

Present: Holli Duggan, Matt Kovar, Jennifer Lockwood, Aimee Owen, Terri Rickel, Dana Schipporeit

Call to Order: Matt Kovar, 12:15 p.m.

Beginning Professional and Mentor of the Year Awards:

  • We had one nominee for our Beginning Profession of the Year award, Cherese McKnight. Cherese is the Children’s Librarian at the Omaha Public Library’s Abrahams Branch.
  • There were two nominees for the Mentor of the Year award: Michael Straattmann (UNL Love Library) and Robin Clark (Sump Memorial Library in Papillion). After debate and a vote, Michael Straattmann was selected as the winner.
  • Matt will order the awards from Awards Unlimited in Lincoln, and Aimee will pick up.
  • The awards will be presented at the Fall Conference during the NMRT Business Meeting.

Fall Conference:

  • Our Networking Breakfast is scheduled on Friday before the day’s session begin, at 7:00 a.m.
  • We will not have an exhibitor’s booth this year.
  • Our business meeting is on Friday at 2:30. Matt will hand over his gavel to Holli and we will present our awards.

Meeting Adjourned, 1:20 p.m.

Submitted by Aimee Owen

NMRT Meeting Minutes

January 17, 2014

Schmid Law Library, UNL, Lincoln, NE

Present: William Bragg, Lindsey Bray, Karin Dalziel, Holli Duggan, Matt Kovar, Jennifer Lockwood, Aimee Owen, Shoshana Patocka, Jake Rundle, Bridget Walsh, Amy Wenzl

Call to Order: Matt Kovar, 1:45 p.m.

Chair Report (Matt):

  • Matt will attend the January 31st  NLA meeting.
  • Remember to renew your NLA membership; membership expires at the end of each calendar year.

Secretary/Treasurer Report (Aimee):

  • Current account balance is $568.23

Webmaster Report (Karin):

  • Scott Childers (NLA webmaster) is migrating all sections and round tables to WordPress.  This should be easy for NMRT, as we also use WordPress.
  • Karin is no longer technically a “New Member” and asked if anyone would like to step in as webmaster.  It is an appointed position and doesn’t require a vote. Jennifer Lockwood volunteered and was appointed webmaster.

Old Business:

  • None

New Business:

  • Beginning Professional and Mentor of the Year Awards:
    • Dana Schipporeit has agreed to be our Awards Chair for this year.
    • Matt asked if the submission period for our two awards should be extended from the current June-September timeframe.  It was suggested that just more promotion was needed.
    • Ways to bring more attention to the awards were brainstormed; email and Facebook announcements are not enough.
      • Amy will talk to Dr. Pasco about announcing in class, or having us present.
  • Nebraska Libraries contributions: Matt submitted an article for the      upcoming February issue.  He suggested that we collect testimonials of how members have benefitted from NMRT for a future issue.  We can also use the space this summer to promote our awards.  If you have something you’d like to write about, all submissions are welcome. Contact Matt or the editor, Lindsey Tomsu.
  • Meeting ideas:  it was agreed that most enjoy the tours NMRT arranges for its meetings. Suggestions for other tour venues include the Houchen Bindery, the McGoogan medical library, the recently damaged Wahoo Public Library, the Learning Commons at UNK or the remodeled Kearney Library, the Ford Conservatory, among others.  Matt will contact some and try to make arrangements.
  • Our next meeting will be Monday, March 24th at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. There is a limit of 25 people for the tour, so sign up early.  The tour will begin at 12:30 with a short business meeting afterwards at a TDB location.

Meeting Adjourned, 2:11 p.m.

Submitted by Aimee Owen

NMRT Meeting Minutes
October 11, 2013

Annual Business Meeting
Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE

Call to Order: Bethany Grabow, 2:40 p.m.

Awards Presentation:

  • Bob Nedderman (Perkins Library at Hastings College) was presented with the Houchan Bindery Mentor of the Year award.

Outgoing Chair Report (Bethany):

  • NLA is discussing combined spring meetings; please let Matt know if you have any questions, concerns, etc to pass on to NLA

Secretary/Treasurer Report (Aimee):

  • Current account balance is $621.91
  • We passed a vote to turn our financial duties over to the NLA Treasurer.
  • Past minutes on the NMRT website.

Webmaster Report (Karin - absent):

  • All NLA sites are transitioning to WordPress, rollout anticipated by December.
  • “Like” the NMRT Facebook page to stay current with all our upcoming events and news.

New Business:

  • Please post things to our Facebook page if you find interesting things, or if you’d like to help with our FB page, let Matt know.
  • Please make sure your email address is correct with NLA so you can get all the NLA/NMRT news.
  • New Officers:  Holly – Vice Chair, and Aimee – Secretary/Treasurer.
  • Bethany passed the gavel on to Matt, our new Chair.
  • Incoming Chair (Matt) led group introductions and discussed upcoming meetings.
    • Next meeting: January in Lincoln at the UNL Law Library and Storage Facility.
    • March/April Spring Meeting: Nebraska State Pen. Library. It was suggested that we take book donations..
    • Summer (June): possibly Learning Commons at UNK, maybe a discussion of disaster response.
    • Possibly August/late summer meeting.  Other suggested location:  UNO/Kaneko, Waverly, Seward libraries.

Meeting Adjourned, 3:15 p.m.

NMRT Meeting Minutes

April 30, 2013

Omaha Public Library, Saddlecreek Branch, Omaha, NE


 Present: Bethany Grabow, Lindsey Bray, Aimee Owen, Matt Kovar, Jake Rundle, Amy Wenzl

 Call to Order: Bethany Grabow, 3:45 p.m.

 Chair Report (Bethany):

  • Bethany attended the April 19th NLA meeting via Webinar. 
    • The NLA will provide a sponsorship to the ASRL library conference to take place in Omaha.
    • The NLA is working on rebranding.  A new logo and branding strategy will hopefully be in place by this fall.  They are considering new merchandise through CafePress. 
    • The new website may have library-related ads.
    • The Nebraska Libraries newsletter needs articles; we need to submit something.
      • Lindsey suggested a “Tips & Tricks for Attending Your First NLA Fall Conference” article. 
      • If you’d like to submit an article, contact Bethany, or Lindsey Tomsu (newsletter editor).
    • The next NLA board meeting is Wednesday, July 10th in Kearney; Matt will attend.
    • The YART spring meeting is May 18th in York, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  It is $10 and the theme is “Hot Topics in Teen Librarianship.”
    • The ALA Conference is in July; Matt and Bethany are attending.
    • The NLA Conference is October 9-11, in Kearney.

 Secretary/Treasurer Report (Aimee):

  • Matt moved to approve the meeting notes from the January 31st, 2013meeting.  Lindsey seconded, all approved.
  • Bethany  gave the Treasurer’s Report:
    • Current account balance is $371.91
    • Bylaws change was voted on; we will turn out treasurer function over to the NLA Treasurer.

Webmaster Report:

  • Scott Childers is the new Webmaster for NLA. 

Old Business:

  • Matt has two nominees for the Vice Chair position – Lindsey and Holly, but only one for the Secretary position (Aimee).  The deadline was today (April 30), but will likely be extended.  If you know of anyone who is interested in running, let Matt know. 
  • We can reuse Lindsey, Holly, and Aimee’s bios and photos from the last election.

 New Business:

  • Fall Conference:
    • Our proposed programs for Fall Conference include:
      • Speed networking breakfast – a louder device for switching tables was suggested.  Blank business cards will be provided for those making networking connections.
      • “What are employers looking for?” – A panel of managers will talk about tips for getting hired.
      • NMRT business meeting – will include our awards presentation.
      • New grad panel – Kathryn Brockmeier has NLC scholarship students lined to up do this.
      • “Read to a dog” – Christine Walsh of Kearney Public Library.
    • Lindsey also suggested a “Free & Easy Online Readers Advisory Tools” presentation.
    • Kathy Tooker would like us to sponsor a conference “mentors” program for first-time attendees.  We can invite mentors/mentees to the speed-networking breakfast.
      • If there is interest in ongoing mentoring relationships, we could send out monthly email activities to encourage interaction.
    • We will have a social outing on the Thursday night of Fall Conference.  Old Chicago was suggested.
  • We will donate $50 to the Nixon Scholarship fund.
  • Awards: Lindsey will be the awards coordinator again this year.
    • We will send info about the awards to the Nebraska Libraries newsletter for August.
    • A web form will be made available for nominations.
    • We’ll vote at the September board meeting.
  • Facebook: We need to add more administrators to our page; Beth will make Matt admin to start.  We also need more posts.
    • Adding a Goodreads widget to our Facebook page or our blog was suggested to encourage interaction.
    • A post asking about NLA attendance was also proposed.
  • Meeting attendance: the question was raised as to how to increase meeting attendance.
    • Could we meet at a bar?
    • Touring a smaller or non-automated library was suggested.  Waverly and Seward were both mentioned.
  • The next meeting will be in late August/early September, on a Friday afternoon.

Meeting Adjourned, 4:55 p.m.

Submitted by Aimee Owen

NMRT Meeting Minutes

January 31, 2013

Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Branch, Omaha, NE

Present: Bethany Grabow, Lindsey Bray, Aimee Owen, Karen Pietsch, Matt Kovar, Sarah Haack, Willa Garay, Chrystal Dawson, Jennifer Sorensen, Kendall Beck

Call to Order: Bethany Grabow, 2:12 p.m.

Paraprofessional Section Presentation by Jennifer Sorensen and Chrystal Dawson:

  • Jennifer shared how she got involved and the benefits of involvement: networking, a support network, socializing, and experience you can add to your resumé.
  • Chrystal spoke to how she got involved, and the importance of paraprofessionals in the library setting.
  • The Para Section has a Facebook page and blog.
  • The Para Spring meeting will be held on March 31, with several viewing sites, or you can view online from your desk.  Cost is $5 for Para members, and $10 for nonmembers.

Chair Report (Bethany):

  • Bethany attended the November 20th NLA meeting at Sump Memorial Library in Papillion.
    • Memberships are down.
      • Aimee suggested a “referral bonus” – an extra year of free NMRT membership if you refer a member to NLA.
  • ALA Annual Conference is June 27-July 7, 2013, in Chicago.  The NLA and Nebraska Regional Library Systems are sponsoring a charter bus, with a grant from the NLC, leaving June 27 and returning July 2.  The cost for a ride is TBD (probably around $50-$100).  If you are interested, let Bethany know.  There are grants on the NLA website for conference registration.

Secretary/Treasurer Report (Aimee):

  • Karen moved to approve the meeting notes from the October 18, 2012 annual meeting.  Willa seconded, all approved.
  • Bethany  gave the Treasurer’s Report:
    • Current account balance is $371.91
    • Expenses: Award plaques, candy for NLA NMRT table.
    • Income: None.
    • Past minutes on the NMRT website

Webmaster Report (Karin):  None.

Old Business:

  • We need to amend our bylaws to remove the NMRT Treasurer function and use the NLA treasurer.  A poll will go up online in the next few days and run through February.  You must be an active member (have paid 2013 dues) to vote.

New Business:

  • Send suggestions for 2013-2014 Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer nominees to Matt Kovar.  Elections are in June.
  • Spring meeting:
    • In the past we have done a tour.
    • Bethany suggested we team up with SCYP.  Their meeting theme is “Ebooks & Libraries” and will be held in Blair, in the morning (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.).  We can help out with set up and cleanup.
      • Sarah asked if we will get part of the proceeds.
      • Aimee suggested we add a tour of the Saddlebrook library, since it is a joint facility (school-library-community center) and might be of interest to the SCYP members.
      • Possible dates are April 13 or April 27.

Meeting Adjourned, 2:55 p.m.

Submitted by Aimee Owen